The Art Collection Telekom was initiated in 2010. The main focus lays on contemporary art from Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Art Collection Telekom sees this as a response to the social and political changes after the fall of the Iron Curtain and calls for a greater understanding of the broad cultural diversity in Europe through the visual arts. The aim is to map out a concentrated art historical spectrum of contemporary art in this cultural area. The full media bandwidth of contemporary art, from drawing to digital installations, is to be introduced.
In so doing, Art Collection Telekom will concentrate on younger artists and document and collect their work over a longer period of time. The basic prerequisites for selecting works are a high aesthetic level in terms of form and content and a horizon of interpretation that is left open and promises over the course of the years to continue expanding in terms of its content. When setting up and extending the collection, its high potential for stories and narrations will be highlighted.
'Keeping The Balance', Ludwig Museum Budapest
'What Are We Made Of?' Kunsthalle Darmstadt and 'Listen To Us – Artistic Intelligence' in Plovdiv
'I Am The Mouth' in Zagreb, 'Contemporary Structures 4' in Ostrava
'Półpravda | Half-Truth' at Królikarnia palace, Warsaw
'Shape of Time – Future of Nostalgia' in Bucharest and 'Preview' in the Królikarnia Palace, Warsaw with Maria Kulikovska and Eva Kot'átková
Volodymyr Kuznetsov at Art Cologne
'Fragile Sense of Hope' in the me Collectors Room Berlin
Artistic interventions in the hub:raum, Konzernhaus Berlin
Dan Perjovschi at the Telekom booth, IFA 2012, and exhibition in the Art Digit
First exhibition in the Art Digit
Präsentation of 'Three Videos with Narration', 2009/2010, and 'Cops and Robbers', 2009, from Agnieszka Polska in the Art Digit at the headquarter in Bonn.
Start Art Collection Telekom with focus on contemporary art from Eastern- and Southeastern-Europe
First acquisitions: 'Three Videos with Narration', 2009/2010, and 'Cops and Robbers', 2009, from Agnieszka Polska, and two video works from Roman Ondak: 'Lucky Day', 2006 and 'Follow Me', 2002.
The works therefore form an ideal basis for communication and exchanging ideas and reflect how Telekom sees itself: “LIFE IS FOR SHARING”. Contemporary art provides the opportunity to see the world in a different light. An adventure that requires openness and impartiality, to have confidence in your own reflections. Art Collection Telekom would like to encourage this.
The buildup of the Art Collection Telekom is supervised by an internal board and coordinated by Antje Hundhausen and Margret Fischer. Curatorial advice by Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacher.
Contemporary Art should be seen, experienced and discussed by the public. For the Art Collection Telekom it is important to present parts of the Collection under different aspects to the general audience. Since 2014 the Art Collection Telekom has realised with institutional and private partners regularly exhibition projects.